What is it really?
First off, I’ll tell you what it isn’t.
Biblical Hospitality isn’t
- a perfectly decorated home
- a Pinterest worthy tablescape
- a gourmet meal
- a beautifully themed party
Yes, while all of those things can be lovely, especially if you have a talent or passion for entertaining and creating (which I do!) but those things aren’t necessary to show hospitality to others.
True hospitality means opening our hearts and homes to others. Welcoming them. Serving them. Loving them. Embracing them. God calls us to “Love our neighbors as ourselves” Mark 12:31. (NIV) In fact it’s the second commandment, right after loving the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind. The Lord actually commands us to “offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” 1 Peter 4:9. (NIV) The bible never mentions anything about waiting until you’ve perfected your cooking skills or until you finish that remodel to invite others into your home.
So then, how do we show hospitality to others?
Here are some simple ways you can show biblical hospitality to others:
- Invite a friend or a family over for pizza (serve it on paper plates)
- Listen to a friend going through a difficult time
- Bring a friend or co-worker a coffee
- Write an encouraging note to someone
- Watch a couple’s children so they can have a date night
- Host a bible study in your home
- Take a meal to a new mom or a sick friend
- Love people just as they are
- Invite a friend to church
- Create a playlist for someone who needs some encouragement (Check out my post and spotify playlist here)
- Pray and ask God who you can show hospitality to
Biblical hospitality doesn’t always have to be inviting others into our home and preparing a meal for them. It can be opening up our hearts to others who have a need. In the bible, God showed his love to others everywhere He went. He initiated things and He pursued them.
How are you pursuing those people God has placed in your life lately?
One of the best resources I have found on biblical hospitality is the book Just Open the Door by Jen Schmidt. Last year I hosted a bible study in my home and used her bible study guide Just Open the Door- A Study of Biblical Hospitality. It was an easy read and super relatable for the average women who wants to show hospitality but isn’t sure how to begin. I highly recommend checking out those two books.
God has created me to love and appreciate beautiful spaces and things. I love to decorate, entertain and create special moments for my friends and family. But this past year He has called me to be more intentional with hospitality. Biblical hospitality. I’m excited to share and encourage others through this journey.
What are your favorite ways to show others God’s love through hospitality? Please leave me a comment below.
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